In this selfie era, it is no surprise that the beauty industry is one of the largest growing sectors in the Philippine economy. But faced with shelf after shelf of local and international brands across a wide range of various cosmetic products, how do you decide which ones to purchase?
This is where the genius of beauty boxes comes in. A rising trend in the West, beauty box companies offer monthly subscriptions wherein clients receive a box full of new cosmetic products to try out. The goodies – from makeup and hand creams to specialty shampoos – usually come in sample sizes, thereby allowing clients to try a lot of new stuff.
In contrast, gone are the days you have to purchase a whole bottle of hair spray, only to find out that it doesn’t suit you. Equally exciting is the fact that the companies surprise you every month with the latest and most exclusive pieces you have yet to discover and love.
The past couple of years produced three Manila-based beauty box companies – Glamourbox PH, BDJ Box and Sample Room PH.
All three are based on building a community of beauty junkies that try, discover and review new products, and share the latest beauty and lifestyle trends. Glamourbox and BDJ Box both offer subscription-type of beauty boxes filled with product samples their editors have specifically chosen for you. Meanwhile, Sample Room lets you personally pick the samples you wish to try.
Social media: facebook.com/GlamourboxPH
Rate: P595 per monthly beauty box
Glamourbox. Photo from Beauty By Tellie
Co-founded by beauty queen and self-confessed beauty addict, Lia Andrea Ramos, Glamourbox PH offers a specially curated box of cosmetic samples she and her team are currently raving about. They carry delightful brands, some of which are made available to the Philippine market for the first time, including ones from US, France, UK, Japan, Australia, Korea and Malaysia. Should you find yourself mad about a sample, you can purchase them in full size through their online boutique.
Belle de Jour Box (BDJ Box)
Social media: facebook.com/bdjbox
Rate: P580 per monthly standard beauty box / P1,480 for limited elite box
BDJ Elite Box. Photo from shimmerjjang
From the makers of the popular Belle De Jour Planners comes the BDJ Box. True to its mother company’s name, Viviamo (We live), the BDJ Box offers the chance to discover and experience the best things in life. Each BDJ Box is filled with deluxe and full-sized beauty products, promising to triple your money's worth. The group also prepared a beauty quiz for you to answer so they can better customize and handpick the products best suited for you. Its beauty ministry include makeup artists Barbie Chan and Erica Paredes, and fellow beauty buffs and bloggers Tara Cabullo, Nicole Romero and Kate Alvarez.
Sample Room PH
Social media: facebook.com/sampleroomph
Rate: varies for each product
Try before you buy. That’s their fundamental motto. It aims to educate users about products before they purchase them for the full price. Signing up gives you free 100 points and you can earn more by posting product reviews and interacting within their kikay community. Should you need more points to buy more sample products, you can purchase them through their site.
About the author: Filipina beauty queen, writer and media personality Barbie Salvador believes that fashion, fitness and lifestyle are vital life aspects that are not only fun and enjoyable, but are tools every Filipino needs to reach one’s peak potential.
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